Since taking over as the owner of the Miami Marlins, Derek Jeter has fired longtime favorites in the clubhouse, traded away their best players, and told the remaining star players who now also want out — too bad. Having taken over the team from arguably the most hated owner in baseball, Jeffrey Loria, this should have been an easy transition for Jeter.

At this point, anyone else would have been fired for their performance. Tough to get fired though when you are the owner.

Jeter tried to do his best to assuage disgruntled season ticket holders, but it is going to be difficult to earn their trust without some tangible progress.

It makes sense that changes are needed for a team that hasn't made the playoffs since 2003. However, yet another teardown might be too much for the fans this time.

Who is the face of the team now?

At this point, the best player left on the squad is Christian Yelich. Although he has made it clear that he wants out of town now that the team has gone into full rebuild mode again, Jeter has said he is staying. His team-friendly contract, and several years left of control make Yelich a piece that the Marlins can begin to build around.

If not Yelich, the face of the franchise may just well be Jeter himself. Trading away the reigning NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton left a hole both on and off the field.

The aggressive payroll slashing has all but eliminated the chance that they would be trading for a star player anytime soon.

They'll need to hit big on some upcoming draft picks to breed the next face of the franchise.

So, what's the plan?

It's anyone's guess at this point. Though there are some hints if you look at how Jeter has spoken to the media since his controversial moves.

He laments that the team has continued to lose while throwing more and more money at the problem.

The result has been a barren farm system and little assets to work with. Building a farm system from the ground up seems to be the priority.

It just sounds strange when you look at the return he has gotten from trading Stanton, Dee Gordon, and Marcell Ozuna. One would think those three would have brought back a bevy of prospects, but that hasn't been the case.

It has all been about slashing payroll so the reward was when teams were willing to pay that money instead of Miami.

Jeter claims he has a plan and the process will take time to build a sustainable winner that is also profitable. His bungling of just about every decision so far makes it hard to believe him.